Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

92 Ratings
Samuel Adams Vienna Style LagerSamuel Adams Vienna Style Lager

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper color with medium head that was gone right away,smell was slightly spicey and caramelly sweet.Taste was nice and malty sweet with caramel tones,there was some dryness in there as well to keep it from being overly sweet.One of my favorite styles this one is a hit with me,very drinkable as well for the style.Good job on this one BBC.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a purchase before freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Bubbly off white lace has some stickage, brilliant tawny brassy hue.

Smell: Faint floral and herbal hop aroma with a softly textured toasted malt in the back that pulls a sweetness to the front.

Taste: Clean with a lively crispness and smooth mouth feel in the back. Fresh yet light noble hoppy flavour, bitterness is sufficient and does not get out of control … it seems to offer more flavour than bitterness. A dollop of malt sweetness upfront, maltiness is rounded with a thick toasted flavour. Finishes somewhat clean with a lingering herbal hop and lightly toasted grain in the end.

Notes: I’m very fond of this style, hard to find good ones … hell it’s hard to find them at all. If they put this one in six packs and cases I’ll gladly buy it again. Great to pair this one up with some mild cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese on pretty much any kind of sandwich … cut to the chase, it’s a great lunch time brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper / orange color with a small 1/2" head. Very light lacing developed. The aroma is barely distinguishable, as some malt is the only item of notice. The flavor is quite malty and fruity with some very light bitterness. The malt begins to dominate as the beer is consumed.

Medium bodied that is smooth at the start but has a dry, metallic finish. The malt seemed to linger quite a bit on the tongue. The mouthfeel was a slight turnoff and brings drinkability down.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a generous white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. There is a nice malty aroma that is not too overpowering. The taste is great. It is crisp and refreshing with a bit of maltiness to it. The Vienna malt adds a nice flavor not usually associated with most lagers. The mouthfeel is good. It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good seasonal brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright amber with a full tan head. Leaves good lace. Light toasty and spicy Vienna Malt aroma and flavor (a bit more subdued than some of the style that I've had). Medium bodied and creamy. Little to no hop character that I could detect.

2002 version: Purchase by March '03 Tasted: 12/06/02. Available only in Sam Adam's Winter Classics 12 packs (2 bottles).

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

A: Poured a reddish-amber with a slight, bready white head receding to a minimal rim lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: a sweet toasted maltiness.

T: The initial flavor had a sweet and toasted maltiness, with a light breadiness and light ripe fruitiness. There was some light brown sugar sweetness and a dry roasted caramel on the finish.

M: smooth, soft, and creamy.

D: Drinkability was nice by style, making for a sweet, earthy campfire drink in the fall. One I wish they would re-brew.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been recently impressed with Boston Beer's latest brews, but this one is particularly good. I'm glad they put it in six packs.
Pours a brownish-red color with an off-white head. The head could be a bit more solid, but it's still an attractive beer. Aroma is distinctively Vienna malt. Taste isn't as sweet as I expected, but it's resolutely malty. Toasted, almost bread-like character. Firm, impressive body with a nice finish. Hops take a decidedly back-seat in this beer. This could become one of my favorites from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is scarlet red in color. Orange streaking accents the color. A small film of a head. Beige in color. Minimal lacing is observed. The aroma of this beer seems very grainy to me. Almost like stepping into the grain room of my homebrew store. Nice. Toasted notes and graininess form the foundation of the taste. Some slight toffee tones. Hops seem to be in place just for balance. The creamy mouthfeel is pleasant, but this seems just a tad too carbonated. Pretty drinkable decent brew. (Nowhere near as enjoyable as my benchmark for this style however, which is Great Lakes Elliot Ness).

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Photo of ZAP
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice reddish tinted orange in color with a white/tanish head...nose is subtle...toasty aroma but not real thick...also some noble hops...the first taste is a little thin....crisp, but thin.....some good maltiness....caramel and toasted grains....finishes with a bit of a dry note....the taste is really pretty good for this style...some real nice toastiness, and caramel....overall this is not as good as Great Lakes but what is....very solid beer that I'll drink more of if it reaches six-packs...

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a limpid deep copper color, the head massive, but desiccates quickly, leaving a fine sheet of lace, both light tan in color. Malts dominate the nose, but clean and fresh nonetheless. Front has light sweet malt taste, the top middling. This beer finishes with a gratifying hopped presence and is charmingly acidic with a droughty aftertaste. Quite a pleasant drinking beer as “Lagers/Pils”, as my past ranting and ravings has shown are not my favorite style, but I like this one. Ranks #686 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a nice amber brown, slightly hazy with a small dark ivory head, sticks around awhile, lace sticks in sheets then fades into strings and spots. Smell is mostly malts, good caramel, fresh, sweet and a bit toasted, a pretty decent vienna nose. Taste is more of the same with a nice caramel tone overall with some hints of toastyness, but mostly sweetly rendered. Some citrusy notes that are dulled with a light hop mix. Somewhat crisp finish with some lingering chewyness. Feel is close to medium bodied with a pretty smooth and lightly creamy aspect, a bit thin in a few places. Not a bad drinker for a Vienna. A bit more of a tangy, doughy, bready tone in the sweetness and it would be a keeper for sure. Still, not a bad beer though.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few more comments - 12AUG03. Poured 3x bottles into an Oktoberfest litre Stein. Great color, as before! Head was big and frothy, a tad off-white. Real nice lacing! Caramel malt along with a sharp, saaz-like spiciness. Good mouthfeel, and more spiciness in the flavor. Works well in a litre portion!! Zum Wohl!!

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I love the color! A super reddish-copper hue, with a thin, fine off-white head, though not much lacing. I thought it had a fabulous caramel-malt nose; quite appealing! Body was better than average, and it was fairly smooth, tongue-wise. The caramel aspect of the aroma comes through nicely in the flavor, also! The sweetness of the malt is balanced nicely by the hops at the finish. Very pleasant, all around. This would work quite well for me as a regular, year-round offering! Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty straight-forward malt aroma, somewhat sweet with a slight roast quality. Attractive amber color, medium head that leaves fairly quickly. Nice malt taste with good balance of hops to take the edge off of the sweetness. Flavors lasts nicely. Slight toasted quality to taste. Carbonation feels a little heavy, which takes away from the softeness and creaminess. May actually be a little too strong of malt for style, which prevents it from being as soft as it could be. Still, this brewer sets standards that others a can be judged against, and this beer is no different.

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Photo of Brent
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a keeper from Sammy. Low-key, but tasty. The aroma cold from the fridge was was malty, with a suggestion of chocolate, and the flavor was quite malty. As the beer warmed, it thinned out a bit and let the hops jump in. Slightly tart, but quite pleasant and a good companion for food.

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Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentaion: 12oz brown bottle with freshness date. At the time of this review, this is a limited edition beer, available in the holiday 12paks only.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy copper beer with a slightly off-white, tight, creamy, foam head that settles to a sticky, somewhat retaining lace.

Smell: Soft aromas of grain, light toasted malts, herbal hops and some ripe dark fruits in the background.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, with a thick-ish creamy base. Quite malty in character with a heavy handed dose of toasted malt flavour and a layer of raw sugary sweetness. Brief robust twang in the center, hint of lemon-rind. Hops are light on the bitterness overall, but provide a rounding herbal tea-like flavour with a leafy coarse feel on the palate. More toasted flavours follow with bready grain notes and a soft, fruity, grape, gum-like character. Finish is pretty clean and wet with lingering malt and hop flavours.

Notes: A solid offering from the Boston Beer Co., and I wouldn't be surprised if it's available by the 6pak in 2003.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark copper colored beer has a thin head that quickly disapperars. A fruity aroma hovers over the beer and has a smell that reminds me of a red wine. Medium bodied and malty flavor that goes down smooth. A slight bitter finish.

I've never had this beer before and was expecting a light lager. I was surprised at the dark color and malty flavor. This is a good beer that would go well with steak or pizza.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal-clear copper color with sheets of fine bubbles and a large and rocky cream-colored head, and lots of sticky lace, which rings the glass beautifully.

Aroma: Rich aroma of toasted malts, caramel, herbal hops, and dark fruit.

Taste: Taste begins with dense sweet and toasted malt flavors, a bit reminiscent of dark bread, sweet brown sugar notes appear in the middle of the taste. Near the finish the toasted quality of the malt dominates, along with some mild and lingering herbal hops.

Mouthfee: Quite smooth and creamy. Despite the abundant carbonation, it imparts no sting or harshness.

Drinkability/notes: As a fan of malty beers, I must applaud loudly. Hopefully this beer will be available in six-packs soon.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color. Medium head. Slightly malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Medium bodied ale. Nicely malty, taste of toffee and caramel, slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. There is a slightly fruity taste to this beer. Smooth taste. Very drinkable. Hope that Sam Adams adds this beer to their regular everyday lineup. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a slight malt sweetness.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another dark amber colored offering, clear, with a yellow head that settles after 40 seconds. Smells of toast and shortbread. Light bready and toasty flavors, a little breezy caramel candy, and a pretty well-balanced hop sense that leans toward the Noble hop end. Finishes somewhat diminished with a glazed doughnut sweetness. Pleasant beer here, drinkable. Vienna Lagers are tough to rate, they are pretty subtle, but this one meets style well. There's just a lot of bigger beers out there, and there are already a lot of local micro "sessionals" on my list.

This beer marks the end of my Sammy excursion, three beers I liked OK, one (Winter Lager) I would probably purchase again...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright red-copper body, outstanding clarity, topped by a frothy, rocky off-white head. A strong breeze from the bakery delievers fresh bread to the nose. A large chuck of caramel hits the tongue first, with some cereal notes at the end. Hops are there to curb the sweetness, but not to assert themselves. Maybe a little lingering tingle. Finish is fairly clean. Mouthfeel is smooth, not syrupy. A good drinking lager, sliding between the Boston Lager and Octoberfest is the Sam Adams family on the malt side. I've always thought Sam's winning percentage for lagers was higher than for ales, and this does not alter my opinion.

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.7 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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